Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 112

Filled with promise!

Welcome to the 112th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Thank you for a wonderful week of posts!

This week’s posts are truly special, as many of them touched me in their approach to the theme of Promise, and I expect that many of you will feel the same way about them.  It is truly amazing how sometimes we are lucky enough to capture a moment that can sadden us deeply, but ultimately lift us up with the promise of what lies ahead.  Many of you shared very personal visions of the theme and I very much appreciate each of your posts.

Please enjoy these posts and share your thoughts on them!

Here’s a potential promise…

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Future Prince?

This potential prince sat patiently near a man-made pond, posing for me, as I was trying to get just the right angle for the shot by hanging out over the pond. Luckily, I didn’t lose my balance!

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • With a pair of beautiful photos in Une Photo, Un Poeme, Nicole highlights the promise of tightly wrapped buds: a stunning flower!
  • Deepa provides us with a wonderful bit of fiction in her response to the promise of this week’s theme in her blog SyncwithDeep.
  • In this week’s contribution by Take a Walk and Discover, we have an interesting take on the promise held by mannequins!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom helps us realize that Eivor and Pearl understand the promise of a walk in Nature!  Xenia’s post is in her blog Tranature made me realize something: I had no clue that chive blossoms were so absolutely stunning!
  • In Don’t Hold Your Breath, we learn to appreciate the promise of lunch at altitude in Jalori Pass!
  • In another stunning photo in theonlyD800inthehameau, we are reminded of one of the most important promises that any of us can make in our lives!
  • In pensivity101‘s enjoyable post, we learn the interesting story of the promise of a rabbit pie made to an elderly gentleman and how this promise was kept!
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales show us the promise of a Summer that lies ahead and all the wonderful things that are in store for us!
  • In a great post in MV Obsession, the self-professed Vineyard-o-holic brings us the promise of great taste of New York cheesecake…I want some now!!
  • Donna tells us of promises to keep in her blog No-Madder Nomadder with great photos of the good times that these promises bring!
  • Sarah post in By Sarah shows us a promise that is likely appreciated by many of us who tend our gardens or grow crops: the promise of rain!
  • Pranab’s post in Fleeting Muse reminds us of the promise that is held by Lady Liberty and that resonates in the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island.
  • Ron’s post in Progressing into Solitude really touched me, as he shares photographs of Chris Cornell that he took along with the lyrics to Chris’ song ‘The Promise’.
  • With another great post in Land of Images, we get to view the promise of some rather healthy morsels!
  • Klara brings us a wonderful photo in her blog Sliku svoju ljubim II, which really accentuates the promise that this moment holds!
  • In a lovely contribution in Out of my Write Mind, Sandy highlights a promise with a great photo and excellent haiku!
  • Olga’s fantastic post in Stuff and what if… showcases the promise that the Canada Goose makes.
  • Marie captures a great moment in her post in the New 3Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect, as the young reader is taking in information.
  • Hammad brings us the promise held by clouds in The Blog of Hammad Rais, as the city looks towards the sky and hopes for rain!
  • From Na’ama Yehuda I learned the true shape of artichoke blossoms, which are surprisingly big!
  • Donna’s post in Wind Kisses provides a great set of promises that she made to herself; I think many of us would agree with them!
  • Debbie has a great idea in ForgivingConnects, which might be good for many of us: she is putting together a happiness journal and will be reporting on it!
  • Miriam post in the Shower of Blessings has both the promise of a harvest to come and struggles to protect mourning doves from a hungry cat…
  • Susan created a wonderful photo in her post in Musin’ with Susan, which highlights the promise of a life together!
  • This week, Nicole features the promise of paradise with wonderful flowers in Doar Nicole, which she highlights even further in her lovely poem!
  • In an awesome post in Sgeoil, we focus on the promise of rain, which is much needed by thirsty Saskatchewan.
  • Miriam really knows how to live, as proven by her post in Out an’ About, which features the promise of good wine and good times!
  • Ilka’s post in A Thousand Miles has a beautiful focus on the promise that we see around us in Nature and how it can inspire us!

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 110

Rings of fire and truth!

Welcome to the 110th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  What great variety in response to this week’s theme!!

There were some creative entries that took the direction of the classic rings, which were awesome; then again, others took completely different approaches in finding shapes within Nature or life around them, and even going down metaphysical paths to find rings within life itself.  You provided some very touching posts that shared deep insights and important thoughts about our lives.  Thank you all for the work that you put into all of them!

I very much enjoyed reading your posts!  Please let each other know how much you appreciate all these great entries!

Here’s another ring-based image to add…

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Zone Plate Yellow No. 2

The lens type that I used for this shot is a zone plate lens, which causes a circular interference pattern that produces beautifully soft images, such as this one.  This black-eyed susan looks at her best in the bright light!

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Sarah shares a beautiful image of her and her husband’s wedding rings in By Sarah, which must have been taken shortly before their wedding ceremony.
  • In pensivity101, we get a gosling scrum, where the downy little goslings are all huddled together in a tight ring.
  • Ed provides us with a warning in his blog, In My Mind’s Eye, as the warning ring looks upon us with fearsome power!
  • In an awesome post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we get to see monitor lizards up close and personal!  They are indeed very interesting creaturs!
  • Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom connects the ring of light with the circle of life in a wonderful haiku and photos.  Xenia’s second post is in her blog Tranature brings us stunning swans in gorgeous images.
  • In a perfectly executed photo in theonlyD800inthehameau, we get introduced to a fantastic water feature in the city of Bath!
  • In Feel Purple, we get treated to a great photo showing off the rings that appear when we cut strawberries!
  • Cee found rings in a number of formations in great photos that she put together for her blog Cee’s Photography; beautiful!
  • Ron’s post in Progressing into Solitude captures a number of rings, ranging from an art installation to onion rings!
  • Donna definitely captured some shiny objects in her blog No-Madder Nomadder with a great shot of rings and shiny spheroids!
  • Sometimes, the rings can be around us in common places, as demonstrated with great photos in Chateaux des Fleurs!  Well done!
  • In a great post in the blog My Forever, we get to see one of the rings that Nature provides us…
  • In a very creative post in Syncwithdeep, we get a large variety of rings, each very interesting!
  • Debbie’s post in her awesome blog Travel with Intent, shows us what can be done with great art, even when it’s a bit dotty!
  • Brian’s entry in his cool Bushboy’s Blog finds a couple of rather creative rings, of which I particularly like the rings within rings…
  • Margo explores a variety of rings in her post in That Little Voice, where we get asked the question whether each is a ring…
  • In Intentionally Lola, we are treated to a wonderful, touching post that questions the continued symbolism of wedding rings: does the eternity of the bond really still hold true?
  • Yinglan brings us two very different rings in her blog This is Another Story, with one simple and the other complex!
  • Susan spins us a lovely post with lots of wheels in her blog Musin’ with Susan!
  • With another great post in Land of Images, we get to see a beautiful circular water feature in the Chalice Well Gardens in Glastonbury.
  • This week, Nicole puts together a truly wonderful post in Doar Nicole, inspired by the yellow belt around her shoe and filled with beautiful photos and poetry!
  • In a truly touching post in So Not Simple, Mariyaah gives us a close-up view of living with tuberculosis, which is something that many of us may not be aware of in this day and age.
  • Hammad’s post in The Blog of Hammad Rais takes us away from the common ring into a variety of other rings!
  • This week’s post in Woolly Muses shows us broken (and not repaired), engagement and really useful rings!
  • The Chill Mom posts a wonderful fiddlehead image in her awesome blog Hyper Child Chill Mom!
  • From Na’ama Yehuda, we get a great shot of some rather ancient looking bells waiting for a ring!

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

The Strength of Water

Source of life and power!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the very fluid theme of Liquid, which is right up my alley, as the Netherlands is all about water!

Saying that water is ubiquitous in the Netherlands is akin to stating that there’s air in Earth’s atmosphere!  In the Low Countries respect for and understanding of water are ingrained from an early age: swimming lessons were part of elementary school and the impact of the North Sea Flood of 1953 were part of the curriculum.  Over the centuries, the Netherlands has honed its water management skills to a point that it’s a national export.

Of course, we also learn to enjoy the water that we find everywhere, whether it be at the magnificent beaches of the North Sea coast or sailing on one of the many lakes or out on the sea, there is plenty of fun to be found!  Even during those times, it is important to not lose one’s appreciation for the power of water…

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The Power of Water

There may not be any significant waterfalls in the Netherlands, due to the flatness of the country, but the respect for water’s awesome power is never far removed from our consciousness!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Shine

Shine, shine on!

Welcome to Week 109 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  Yes, I had to go here after last week’s theme!

After a week of Rise, it was logical for me to come up with Shine for this week!  It was just too much to resist 🙂  So, your challenge is to make your post Shine to the max, whether it is the light shining or the bright shine of a smile or something, to which you just took a shining…  You’ve got the idea: there are lots of ways to interpret this theme, so let your creative vision shine through and carry you forward!

I’m looking forward to seeing all the shining beacons of creativity!!

Here’s a moment where I caught the shine of an early morning…

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Autumn Clarity

This view caught my eye as I was wondering around and looking for something that would catch the interest of my lens…  The morning Sun shining through the leaves and showing off the variety of texture and opacity made for a special moment.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I’m looking forward to seeing what light shines in your wonderful, creative brains!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 105

Wet and wonderful!

Welcome to the 105th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Finally this post is done! One more round up to catch up with 🙂

Your posts about the theme of Rain were certainly not filled with gloom, but rather vibrant with life itself!  One of you made me laugh out loud, and each post was highly creative and there were many amazing photos!

Thank you for your amazing contributions to this theme, as we enjoy the rain and its beneficial effects!

Here’s a sample of something else that requires rain….

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Wild Apple

Sometimes it only takes a glance to notice something to photograph; such was the case here, as the red apple, hanging by itself, stood out in the entire scene.  So I pulled over and stopped to capture this scene.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Kicking things off this week is Sarah in her post in By Sarah, where she shares a beautifully atmospheric image!
  • In a lovely post in CitySonnet, we get a gorgeous images showing the rain’s effect on the buds…
  • In Love Your Life, we get a wonderful story for an inopportune rain storm…feeling as soaked as the moose!
  • In a great post in Don’t Hold Your Breath, we visit the Kaas plateau and are entertained by some rather wet spectacles!
  • Nicole shows us a beautiful image of rain being collected in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme!
  • Cee’s post in Cee’s Photography features fantastic photos of rain hitting the window! Really makes one appreciate the indoors!
  • In pensivity101‘s post, there is a special surprise!  Go check it out and let me know what happened to you upon reading it!
  • In Field Notes from over the Hill, Gwenny takes a 3 hour drive in less than ideal conditions!
  • In a lovely post in Feel Purple, we get to visit Nakshatra Gardens, which look truly beautiful, even in the rain!
  • In a Roaming Urban Gypsy, we explore the city while it’s raining with an amazing array of great photos!
  • Candace’s post in Netdancer’s Musings most definitely makes a splash!
  • All the Shoes I Wear is a wonderful blog with great photography, which is proven out again in this week’s post.
  • In an awesome post in theonlyD800inthehameau, we get treated to another amazing photo that portends of rain!
  • The terrace where Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery takes us looks very inviting, but a bit of sunshine might help!
  • In Robert’s Snap Shot’s post we are treated to some great photos featuring our theme!
  • Hammad’s post in The Blog of Hammad Rais features a couple of wonderful shots that show us when the rain came down!
  • Stella’s post in Giggles & Tales has a lovely set of photos that show off the results of rain!
  • Charles’ post in charlesewaugh provides us with a great photo of the rainbow in the Chilean fjords.
  • Another rainbow shows up in Fleeting Muse‘s post, with a double rainbow in the photo; great shot!
  • In a lovely post in Woolly Muses, we have a variety of rain shots!
  • Donna’s post on the this week’s theme in her blog No-Madder Nomadder reminds us how much fun it is to play in the rain!
  • In a great post in Land of Images, we get the atmosphere of wind, waves and rain permeating through the image!
  • In sgeoil‘s post, we get the appreciation for rain and the wonderful effects that it has!
  • Susan has a truly wonderful photo in Musin’ with Susan, which makes me want to jump in and make a splash!
  • Miriam really appreciates the rain in her post in Showers of Blessing, as its effects are wonderful!
  • Robert has another great photo in Photo Roberts Blog, in which the moment of the day in the rain really comes through!
  • Another wonderful post in Chinese Corner with Min brings us into the landscape during a weekend with rain!
  • Khürt’s post in Island in the Net gives a wonderful sense of what rain can bring us!

I hope that you enjoy these posts and let the authors know!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rise

All rise to the top!

Welcome to Week 108 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  Slowly, things are getting back on track!

After last week’s theme of Trip, I thought of what we tend to do after we trip: we get up and Rise to the next occasion!  Even after a long trip, we need a bit of time to collect ourselves and take on all the challenges that we face with regularity.  So, I look forward to seeing each of you Rise to the challenge with lots of fun, creative posts that take on the theme in whichever way tickles your fancy!

Of course, poetic license is all yours, so let the cream Rise to the top!

Here’s a view of a challenge to which I decided to rise…

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Monadnock Staircase

This section of the ascent to Mount Monadnock provides an interesting challenge, as it is a break from the usual paths that have been worn across time.  It gives the feel of debris left behind by giants that strode across the land in times of mystery!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I’m looking forward to seeing what rises in your wonderful, creative brains!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rain

Rainy day moments!

Welcome to Week 105 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  This week’s episode of the challenge marks the 2nd anniversary, thanks to all of your great contributions!

The inspiration for this week’s theme came from our fine Spring weather here in New England… Overnight sleet and snow turned into a torrential downpour of rain for most of the day, so how can I not go with the theme of Rain?  What does rain make you think of? What is your favorite thing to do in the rain? Do you break out into a song and dance through the puddles?

For this challenge, bring out your best rain moods and share them with all of us to lift our spirits and welcome the droplets from the sky!

Here is a connection with last weeks theme with a bit of rain…

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Catch Bull in Rain

This was another shot from Baxter State Park in Maine, on a very rainy day!  It was a torrential downpour for most of the day.  Rain gear for camera and photographer were much appreciated and well used!  This moose was one of 27 that I photographed during this weekend, which was truly amazing!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Splash in the rain and capture the rainbow!